Hello everyone out there still reading my little blog, I had abandoned you for far too long; I felt that I had given up on what I loved to do most. But, it is time to pull up my metaphorical socks, and begin 2015 with much more blogging and baking.
So, what have you been doing all this time? Well, shortly after coming home from our trip to Lanzarote, we had a new puppy join our family. Monty, our beautiful beagle, is now nearly 6 months old and we just love him – despite his naughtiness! We took him to puppy school for 6 weeks which was has done wonders for his socialising, obedience and walking on the lead.
Apart from the puppy, I have completed a nutritionist course, of which I now have a diploma in; and I am also now a qualified gym instructor. I am now on the look out for job in that sector, so watch this space! It is a hope that I can progress onto the personal trainer course but that’s going to take a bit of saving I believe!
Since completing the Run to the Beat 10k in September, I have been needing something to aim for; there is nothing better than setting a goal and achieving it, but what do you do after? SO! In aid of this, we have signed up to do a 100km walk in June from London to the Chilterns in aid of Macmillan cancer support; that is the length of two marathons, or, London to Brighton…quite a way I think you’d agree. I can’t wait to start training for it and doing the event, it will be a very proud moment if all goes well.
With a new year comes new year’s resolutions, and mine was to sort out a food plan, stick to it, and find an event to train for. I seem to be on track with both which is rare for me; several months ago I tried the 3-day juice detox, in which I lost 7lbs and felt great! However, the only downside of course, is that you have to start eating again at some point…cue those 7lbs! Last week, I gave the 5:2 diet a blast which is something I am looking to continue for several months as it seems to be working. For those of you who aren’t sure about the 5:2, it is otherwise known as intermittent fasting, eating normally for 5 days, and ‘fasting’ for the other 2. You are given an allowance of 500-600 calories for these days, which is a lot harder than you might think. However, with 5lbs lost last week, it is worth sticking to. An invaluable tip – plan your week completely, shop for only those things on the list, and put little notes up where you can see them to keep you motivated. Perfect example – I was reaching for a chocolate orange when I saw something I’d written on my chalkboard, “one pound at a time!” It stopped me in my tracks, and needless to say, I didn’t touch it. If you want an idea of the things I am eating you can have a look on my instagram profile here: www.instagram.com/amyprescott
So Amy, what about the Baking Bible challenge? Sadly, I couldn’t do it in the time frame I set myself which was incredibly disappointing. Alas! I haven’t given up, I’m not quitting but just not focusing on that at the moment; essentially, baking Mary’s wonderful recipes wasn’t helping my waistline, so I will be making things every now and then or for someone else if they request it. I do have a lot of baking recipes to put up, including bits and bobs from over the Christmas time, such as the perfect homemade hamper…
I am going to start posting a lot of the recipes I am using and making at the moment, with a focus on juices/smoothies and meals for the 5:2!
So, I’m back everyone, happy new year, welcome to 2015!